Some of you wonder why I decided to work for the EU and why the EU is even needed.
To me it is clear that in a rapidly changing world, Europe needs newvisions and solutions in order to remain one of the world's most dynamic,competitive and knowledge-based economies.
rBrexit, the result of the referendum on Great Britain's EU membership,is a wake-up call for all of us who believe in the European project and who seethe benefits of finding common solutions to common challenges.
In a globalised world, not even Germany, Europe's economic engine, or Britainwith it's commonwealth, are strong enough to compete alone in the internationalarena.
If Europe is to remain an important and significant player on the world stage,new life has to be injected into the European project. The EU must bedeveloped and democratised in the areas of freedom, security and justice, andget a true common foreign and security policy.
This is necessary if we are to safeguard our common values, protect ourcitizens and deal with the challenges we face; a growing terrorist threat, therefugee situation, global warming, economic growth and so on.
The European project must be reformed, so it becomes more relevant andresponsive to the wishes of its citizens
We must remember thatEurope has resources, educated citizens, creativity and diversity. Together, EUmember countries can provide protection and new life chances for the hundredsof thousands of people fleeing war and prosecutions in our immediate vicinity.Together, EU member states can require that China, the US and other majoreconomies achieve global climate agreements that will slow down global warming.Together, the EU can combat the growing terrorist threat and constitute astrong and powerful counterweight to Russia's increasingly authoritarian andaggressive superpower ambitions.
These words are what leads my in my strive to improve a better life for us all.